Get-Away Dialysis / Mazatlan

CLINIC     Get-Away Dialysis / Mazatlan is operated in partnership with Hospital Sharp, a modern, full service hospital in the geographic centre of Mazatlan.  The professionals on your clinic team include nephrology nurses, an English speaking nephrologist, and an English speaking  clinician directing international tourism.  As this is a full service hospital, other specialists are available.

LOCATION AND TRANSPORTATION     Hospital Sharp is located about a 10 minute drive from the beach. Most hotels, restaurants and shops in The Golden Zone are approximately a 10-15 minute drive from the hospital. We can assist you in arranging transportation to and from your hotel to Get-Away Dialysis / Mazatlan.  Check with our Calgary office when booking your dialysis treatments.

 

MAZATLAN

Mazatlan is located on what is often referred to as the Mexican Riviera, on the west (Pacific) coast of Mexico.  The “Pearl of the Pacific,” Mazatlan is known for its 20 km long beach and the ongoing renewal of its historic Colonial District.

The Playa Olas Altas (beach) area, adjacent to the historic district, has been a popular tourist destination as far back as the 1930’s when celebrities such as John Barrymore, Rudolph Valentino and Mae West made their way here. In the 1940’s and 50’s, Gregory Peck, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum and Yul Brynner used to make return visits to Mazatlan, lured by the beauty of the area…and by the spectacular deep sea fishing!

The striking Mazatlan Cathedral, the lovely Plaza Machado surrounded by restaurants, the Pino Suarez Market (Mazatlan’s central market for over 100 years) and the malecon, a glorious seaside walkway are on the “don’t miss” list of attractions!

Or perhaps treat yourself to a show at the Teatro Angela Peralta Theater, named after a famous Mexican opera singer.  This theater, originally built in the 1800’s, was restored over a five year period in the 1990’s.  You might be surprised who’s on stage (The Canadian Brass have performed here).

The entire “Centro Historico” (Historic Centre) of Mazatlan has been declared a National Heritage Site by the Mexican Government and the area is currently under consideration as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

 

Mazatlan Photo Gallery   [Just click on the centre of the first photo, and then click on the single blue arrow (to the upper right) to tour Mazatlan’s lovely Historic District, beaches, etc]  For more beautiful pictures of Mazatlan, check out the links to the hotels, boutique hotels and the vacation rentals we have listed below…

  

 

MAZATLAN ACCOMMODATIONS     

If you’re not familiar with Mazatlan you may want to start by finding out if your travel agent has some suggestions or if your airline offers package deals!

Next, try searching the web.  When you scroll through the web sites of Mazatlan accommodations that are available, the choices are almost endless.  Here are just a few hotels and B&Bs selected from those mentioned.  Their inclusion in this information is not an endorsement by Get-Away Dialysis.  It’s a starting point for you.

HOTELS

The first three hotels listed here are on the beach in The Golden Zone, surrounded by restaurants and shops and not far from our Get-Away Dialysis clinic in Hospital Sharp.

The PLAYA MAZATLAN HOTEL, www.hotelplayamazatlan.com  a Mazatlan landmark, continues to see generation after generation return to enjoy its lovely amenities and location. There’s a zip line and climbing wall on the resort property.

A Get-Away Dialysis client stayed at the EL CID CASTILLA HOTEL, www.elcid.com/castilla_beach  and had a wonderful experience.   Another client stayed at LAS FLORES HOTEL www.lasflores.com.mx (which also has long stays)  and they enjoyed it immensely.

There’s also the PUEBLO BONITO HOTEL www.pueblobonito-mazatlan.com in the Golden Zone, which is higher end, and it also seems to get good reviews.  PUEBLO BONITO EMERALD BAY RESORT AND SPA www.pueblobonitoemeraldbay.com (a sister resort) is a high end resort north of the Golden Zone, situated on 20 oceanfront acres.  It’s more removed, in Nuevo Mazatlan, north of the Golden Zone…and more luxurious.  Check out these, and other hotel web sites (and their photo galleries), and read some reviews.

 

MORE INTIMATE ALTERNATIVES

Our Mazatlan Photo Gallery has pictures of two smaller alternatives, The Melville Suites and The Olas Altas B&B, located right in the historic Colonial District of Mazatlan.  They offer a different type of experience.  They’re more intimate and unique, and also very close to the theater, market, art galleries, a museum, etc.  They also both have sun-drenched courtyards!

THE MELVILLE SUITES www.themelville.com has a more traditional Mexican feel, a courtyard filled with flowers and a fountain, rooms with kitchenettes, a/c…and an elevator.   THE OLAS ALTAS B&B www.olasaltasmaz.com and the Casa Bonita  Casabonitamazatlan.com    are both restored mansions with abundant charm, and small  pools in their courtyards.  Both are within walking distance to the malecon and  the ocean.  If you take some time to explore, you’ll find some other lovely boutique hotels, B&Bs and rentals that exist in the Historic District.

 

VACATION RENTALS

You can also search the web under “Vacation Rentals” for condos, townhouses, houses and villas that can accommodate 2 to 12 people. Here’s a link to get you started                                               http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/mexico/northern-mexico/sinaloa/mazatlan

For those living in North America, consider checking your local newspaper or simply ask around…there’s nothing better than friends or relatives giving a personal endorsement. This can also be an excellent way to find some great short or long-stay bargains!

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:  BE PRUDENT / ASK QUESTIONS     If it’s an older property be sure to ask if (and when) the room has been updated ;  is it air conditioned;  enquire about their all-inclusive food and drink packages (be sure to determine if there are exclusions);  if there is a kitchenette ask what it includes;  what type of beach;  what’s the view;  is this part of the hotel quieter or noisier;  how late are on-site restaurants and bars open;  perhaps wheelchair accessibility is an issue, etc.  Don’t be shy about asking questions!

 

www.gomazatlan.com  This is a great site with some accommodation options. But it will also show you “Upcoming Events” as well as links to “Places to go” and “Things to do.”

 

Activities for the Whole Family  

Ecoaventura / Mazagua Water Park / Mazatlan Aquarium / Zip Line / Climbing Wall / Mountain Biking

Tours

Sierra Madre Mountains Tour / Copala Tour / Concordia Tour / El Quelite Tour / La Noria Tour / Rosario Tour / Cosalá Tour

Sports

Golf – with 4 different courses to choose from, you can experience anything from the municipal course to the richness of a private country club where visitors are welcome.  Green fees can range from $75-$95 during the low season to $100-$130 during peak season for 18 holes with a shared cart.  For more information click here.

Pro Baseball – Home of the 3 times champion Venados de Mazatlan (the Mazatlan Deers) this seat of the Pacific League is sure to amaze you with festive atmosphere in the stadium.  The season runs from the second week of October and continues until late play offs in January.

Sport Fishing – Including Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish, mahi-mahi, tuna and wahoo.  Mazatlan also encourages a catch and release program to help preserve spirited fighters.  For more information click here.

Water Sports

Adventure – Including Surfing, Ocean Kayaking, Scuba Diving,

Nightlife

Mazatlan includes several casinos, many bars, antros (discotheques), evening shows, and most hotels feature a lobby bar.